Cleaning your teeth after surgery

Cleaning your teeth after surgery

Post-surgery mouthcares

Surgery sites in the mouth need to be kept clean to prevent infection and promote healing. Food, plaque and bacteria will tend to accumulate around the wound, in sockets and attaching to stitches and implants. The instructions that are normally given for mouth care following surgery are warm salt water mouthwashes based on a formula of half a teaspoon of salt in half a cup of water, held in the mouth for 1-2 minutes, 3-4 times a day. It is best to commence the salt mouthwashes 24 hours after surgery. Your Dental practitioner will advise you if it is best to rinse your mouth with more specialised mouthwashes.

It is important to clean other teeth in your mouth following surgery as plaque rapidly accumulates on teeth that are not cleaned. Brushing around a wound can be painful but VITIS Surgical toothbrushes have exceptionally soft bristles allowing it to delicately clean the surgical site and the surrounding teeth without damaging the healing tissues or removing stiches.

Vitis surgical toothbrushes are especialy good for cleaning dental implants for the first 2-3 weeks after surgery while the surrounding gums are still sensitive. Brushing is continued with the Vitis surgical toothbrush until a normal toothbrush can comfortably take over the role.

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